Rand Paul tells conservative activists not to shy away from their faith


File: Rep. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on April 17. (The Christian Science Monitor)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) encouraged a crowd of social conservative activists Friday not to shy away from their faith in their public lives.

"Reject any politicians that claim religion can't be a part of public life," he said. He made his remarks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Conference in Washington.

Paul emphasized his opposition to abortion, pledging to "stand up for unborn children" as long as he is in office. Weighing in on foreign policy, Paul reiterated his oft-repeated caution against an overly interventionist foreign policy.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate endorsed term limits for politicians and argued that no bill should ever pass Congress that hasn't first been read.

""Make them wait one day for every 20 pages," said Paul.

He blamed both Republicans and Democrats for what he called "a bipartisan sprint away from a Republic limited by a Constitution."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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